Is the Mormon Jesus a Dad?

LDS General Authorities don’t talk about Jesus being a husband and father, even though it is a core tenet of their faith that a man is required to be sealed to a spouse for eternity in an LDS temple if he is to attain godhood (Doctrine and Covenants 131:1-2). So how did Jesus become a God if he didn’t get married? And why would a faith that teaches “Families are Forever”, not have at its head a married man? Mormons do need a role model for this slogan and they tend to use Joseph Smith to fill this role, painting his wife Emma, him, and their children as the ideal family. This often has the unintended effect of causing Christians on the outside to perceive Mormons as Joseph Smith worshipers. If Mormons are to ever have a unified religion, they’ve got to come to grips with Jesus being married and having children. Not only do they need to believe it, but they need to preach it just as boldly as “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

Jesus with the Children

6 Comments on “Is the Mormon Jesus a Dad?”

  1. Brad Whitley says:

    This one thing I got into a discussion with a missionary about. I guess I am a heretic before I even join the Church!!! I believe Jesus was married and had children. I even believe He was married to more than one bride!

    Excellent post my friend.

    • He very possibly could have had more than one bride. Some have speculated his parable of 10 virgins suggests that he was open to having more than one wife. I can understand why LDS church authorities don’t want to admit such though, since they need to distance themselves from polygamy if they are to make their church more marketable to Christians. However, I’m still puzzled why they aren’t willing to accept that Jesus was married. Maybe it’s because this too is too controversial of a doctrine. It’s a shame that a religion that started out so bold has become so mainstream.

      • whitleyb says:

        I agree with you. The church has lost its power and purity in presenting the gospel. The elders come and read their script and can’t answer questions…then you read Parley Pratt and you wonder would Joseph even fellowship the.modern GAs.

      • You’re right, the gospel had power back then. There isn’t the same religious zeal anymore. Correlation committees have choked out the Spirit.

  2. Adam says:

    Not only was Jesus married in this life, but he was also married before he came here. God is male and female, no man is without the woman in the Lord. Jesus was an Eternal Father.

    1 And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.

    2 And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son—

    3 The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son—

    4 And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.

    • The next few verses are needed for full context:

      “And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father, being one God, suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people. And after all this, after working many mighty miracles among the children of men, he shall be led, yea, even as Isaiah said, as a sheep before the shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. Yea, even so he shall be led, crucified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father.”
      (Mosiah 15:5-7)

      Abinadi here uses the words “Son” and “Father” in a very unusual way. He equates the Son with the Flesh and the Father with the Spirit. He uses Christ’s example to show us what it takes to become a God. The will of the Son must become subjected to the will of the Father. In other words, although the Spirit is strong and the Flesh is weak, the Spirit must overcome the Flesh in order for a man to become a God. If you read Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma” you will see this is the great last mystery of Freemasonry.

      So I would agree with you that Jesus is the Father, even the Eternal Father, but I suspect not in the same way you perceive it. You see we all have a spirit (intelligence) within us and according to Joseph Smith that Spirit is eternal. That spirit is the Father Abinadi is speaking of here. I certainly don’t believe Jesus is the Father in the sense that he sired children before he took on a body of flesh.

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